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City Hall Is Now Online

Join our virtual town halls, listening sessions, and more from the comfort of your home.

  • Virtual Town Halls

  • Listening Sessions

  • Panel Discussions

  • More Virtual Events & Meetings

Past Virtual Town Halls

Race and Equity in Policing June 27, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Video
Seniors May 12, 7-8 p.m.
Video
Spanish Speakers May 13, 7-8 p.m.
Video
General Public May 19, 7-8 p.m.
Video

Parents

May 21, 7-8 p.m.
Video

Youth (teens and high school students)

June 11, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Come back here at the time of the meeting you would like to attend to join live by:

Join a test meeting ahead of time to make sure you're ready to connect.

If you’re unable to attend live, no worries. You can watch the event later on City YouTube or City Cable TV.

ADA Accommodations: 

Individuals with disabilities who need auxiliary aids and services for effective communication, written materials in alternative formats, or reasonable modifications in policies and procedures, in order to access the programs and activities of the City of Somerville or to attend meetings, should contact Nency Salamoun in advance, at 617-625-6600 x2323 or [email protected].

Tackling systemic racism in Somerville requires input from diverse voices in our community. A respectful, collaborative environment is an important means for gathering input. Following George Floyd’s murder and the nation’s call for those in leadership to listen, Mayor Curtatone has committed to hosting virtual small group listening sessions for anyone interested in speaking, prioritizing BIPOC members of our community. These informal conversations are meant to provide a platform for the community to share opinions, challenges and visions for the future. The Mayor, and possibly other City staff, will listen to, and receive feedback about, what the community envisions for change before deciding on the most effective, and relevant, next steps.

How Will This Work?

  • Listening sessions will begin as soon as possible.
  • A listening session will be jointly facilitated by the Mayor and interested members of the community. City staff will supplement the listening team as notetakers and documenters. We welcome interested members of the community to support at any step in this process.
  • Conversations will not be scripted. The Mayor will be listening for opinions, challenges, and the community’s vision for a future free from racism. 
  • The City will compile what is heard from these listening sessions and share key themes with the public. Anything shared publicly will be made anonymous. Please continue to check this page for updates and next steps.
  •  Listening sessions will be held in any language; English is not required. Interpreters will be provided, as needed.

How to Take Part & Share Your Voice

These sessions are intended for those living and working in Somerville. When scheduling, we will prioritize sessions with persons of color in our community. If you are interested in sharing your thoughts at a listening session, please:

  • Submit your interest to the City using this form.
  • Indicate on this form if you are an individual or if you are part of a group. (We kindly request groups not exceed 10 people to keep discussions focused on what all participants have to say.)

Indicate on the form if you are interested in serving as a community liaison for your group listening session. (This role might include: co-facilitating a small group discussion, debriefing with the listening team following your session, reviewing any internal write-ups or memos from your group’s session.)

How to Log in to the Session

Come back here at the time of the session you would like to attend to join live by:

Join a test meeting ahead of time to make sure you're ready to connect.

If you’re unable to attend live, no worries. You can watch the event later on City YouTube or City Cable TV.

ADA Accommodations

Individuals with disabilities who need auxiliary aids and services for effective communication, written materials in alternative formats, or reasonable modifications in policies and procedures, in order to access the programs and activities of the City of Somerville or to attend meetings, should contact Nency Salamoun in advance, at 617-625-6600 x2323 or [email protected].

Structural Racism Discussion with Rep. Pressley, D.A. Rollins, & Other Leaders

Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, D.A. Rachael Rollins, and other regional and community leaders took part in a Panel Discussion on Structural Racism hosted by the City of Somerville on Tuesday, June 23, at 10:30 a.m. Byron Barnett of WHDH TV 7 News facilitated the panel, which also included Suffolk County Sheriff Steven Tompkins, Framingham Mayor Yvonne Spicer, Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone, Somerville City Councilor At-Large Will Mbah, Ward 4 School Committee Member Andre Green, and Somerville High School Black Student Union President Floreisha Bastien. 

The discussion focused on how structural racism impacts health, public safety, education, jobs, housing, and other aspects of our society and communities. Panelists took on the questions of ‘Where do we go from here and how can everyone be an ally?’

Wed, 07/15/2020 - 6:00pm
*/ /*-->*/ This public meeting will be held virtually in compliance with Governor Baker’s emergency orders regarding the Open Meeting Law. This meeting will be held using GoToWebinar.
Thu, 07/16/2020 - 3:00pm
This is a conference for businesses and partners to ask questions about COVID-19 and resources available to businesses and employees.
Thu, 07/16/2020 - 4:30pm
Public meeting of the Urban Forestry Committee. The meeting will be held virtually in compliance with Governor Baker’s emergency orders regarding the Open Meeting Law. See description for details.
Thu, 07/16/2020 - 6:30pm
Public meeting of the new Pedestrian and Transit Advisory Committee. The meeting will be held virtually in compliance with Governor Baker’s emergency orders regarding the Open Meeting Law.  See agenda for details.
Mon, 07/20/2020 - 3:45pm
This is a special meeting of the Somerville Licensing Commission. The meeting will be held virtually in compliance with Governor Baker’s emergency orders regarding the Open Meeting Law. See description for details.
Tue, 07/21/2020 - 6:45pm
Public meeting of the Somerville Historic Preservation Commission. The meeting will be held virtually in compliance with Governor Baker’s emergency orders regarding the Open Meeting Law.  See agenda for details.
Tue, 07/21/2020 - 7:30pm
Monthly public meeting of the Somerville Commission for Women. The meeting will be held virtually in compliance with Governor Baker’s emergency orders regarding the Open Meeting Law. See description for details.
Thu, 07/23/2020 - 3:00pm
This is a conference for businesses and partners to ask questions about COVID-19 and resources available to businesses and employees.
Thu, 07/30/2020 - 3:00pm
This is a conference for businesses and partners to ask questions about COVID-19 and resources available to businesses and employees.